Wednesday, August 1, 2012

First Day of School

 First Grader:







Our Classroom:


Our school theme for the year is "Discovery".  We talked about how all things are created by God and this year we are going to discover many of these things.  Hebrews 1:10 "And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands."


Friday, December 23, 2011


This is my cute little Caleb turtle.

All of the cousins trick or treating together. This is why we LOVE living here! It's so much fun for the kids.

This is my favorite image -- Tallie and Beckett holding hands walking alone to their cousins' house. So cute!


We stopped at the church history sites on our drive out to Indianapolis. This is in Palmyra at the Joseph Smith log cabin and sacred grove.



Caleb's Baby Blessing

Tallie's birthday

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Baby Layton has arrived

Caleb Stone Layton was born on Thursday, July 14th at 8:15am, weighing 7lb 1oz. We are enjoying having a newborn again and all the cute little things they do. He is adorable and snuggly and just a precious little baby. All the kids LOVE him (a little too much) and are constantly wanting to hold him and touch him and give him kisses.

Here's the best (although unflattering) profile picture just before having the baby. I was braiding Valencia's hair just before the baby came so I wouldn't have to do it for awhile. I thought for sure this baby would be my biggest because he jetted out there so far, but nope - he was smaller than Beckett.

The kids came to visit me in the hospital and meet the new baby the next day and they were all excited to hold him.

Our new family of six. I still can't believe I have 4 kids! I haven't been left alone with all four yet so I don't really know how that will be.

Here are some pictures of the other kids to compare -- who do you think Caleb looks like, Tallie or Beckett??

Beckett's newborn pictures:


Tallie's newborn pictures:

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Catching Up

Here's a quick catch up for the last 6 months of the Layton home. I wanted to get this posted before the new baby comes. If you didn't know -- we're having another baby -- arriving on July 14th. You'll notice in some of the pictures I'm looking VERY big and pregnant.

January - Beckett turned 2!

Grandparents/Parents day at school
Each of the classes did a presentation that was really cute. Valencia's class talked about the Creation and each child had a part and drew a picture. Valencia's was that God created Eve.

Tallie's class presentation was Noah's ark. She was the frog that went on the ark.

Tallie's last day of school
Tallie finished her first year of school in a pre-k program. They had a party at a park on the last day of school that was a lot of fun.

Valencia's last day of school
I love this video clip of the kids from her class singing - a great Catholic education! It's such a cute song. On the last day of school the kindergarten class did the Mass and they each had speaking parts and sang songs. It was really cute.

They had a little "graduation" party for her kindergarten class after they got out of school:

I can't seem to get this video to work :( It's so cute!

Summer fun
We took a trip to Storyland with the kids in June. It's a great amusement park designed for kids 7 and under -- all the rides are little kid rides. We had a lot of fun.

I haven't been up for chasing the kids (or really just Beckett) around a playground this summer - actually I don't think it's physically possible right now :) so we've been visiting farms instead. Much more low key and the kids like it so it's great. Beckett especially is SO into farm animals. He's some kind of animal everyday - and usually it's a llama.

Nightly book reading
Jared is usually in charge of putting the kids to bed. I thought this was a cute picture of him reading books to the kiddos.
My shopping helpers

Strawberry Festival
One of our favorite activities here -- we've gone to this festival the last 3 years. You can't beat fresh farm strawberries, lots of free samples of strawberry foods, fun activities, and a tractor ride! Jared and Valencia did the strawberry shortcake eating contest and Jared won a big container of strawberries.

The next post will have pictures of the new little guy!!!